General Hospital's James Patrick Stuart Admits He Identifies with "Val" Cassadine

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General Hospital's James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) can't help but identify with his villainous character. He opened up to Soaps in Depth about feeling like he really is a wannabe Cassadine.

Stuart shared:

The first thing that happens is you get sad, because you think, ‘Oh wait, I like Cynthia Watros (Nina), I like Val’s money, I like my character!’ And when Jax showed up, I felt myself bristle. We spend so much time acting as these characters, they become part of our psyches. So if something bad happens to Valentin, there’s that moment where I have to shake it off. ‘That’s right. That’s not who I am!’ And then I go, ‘Wow, what great drama!’

He does his best to get into the bad seed's head, he noted:

What I enjoy is trying to find the vulnerability in him. I’ve played a lot of bad guys, and early on, you scowl and you posture. But Val’s level of aggression and pathos comes from protecting something. What I try to tap into is that humanity. What damaged part of him is he trying to protect? So while everybody’s throwing stones at him, if I’ve done that, I feel pretty good about the day’s work.

Will we see a possible Valentin vs. Michael (Chad Duell) battle? Michael has a kid with Nelle (Chloe Lanier), AKA the possible long-lost daughter of Valentin's long-suffering ex Nina. Stuart quipped that EP Frank Valentini might not want this battle:

The problem is we are the two biggest wiseasses on the show. We have a very hard time looking in each other’s eyes without cracking up. Frank may rue the day he put us together!

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